form for approval, they could shorten their sentence, the Department of Corrections said in a memo.
Massachusetts law, which states that prisoners are “eligible to earn deductions from sentences and completion credits, collectively known as good conduct deductions, for participation in and completion of programs and activities” outlined in the law.
memo addressed to inmates/patients.
“I have determined that receiving the vaccine is significantly valuable to rehabilitation and will therefore be offering Earned Good Time,” Mici wrote.
Prisons remain hot spots for Covid-19
Phase One of its vaccine distribution rollouts.
As of January 28, when the memo was sent out, over 3,500 DOC inmates had received the vaccine, Mici wrote.
Prisons have been hot spots for virus infection from the early days of the pandemic.
Covid Prison Project, which monitors Covid-19 in correctional facilities across the US, there have been 368,271 Covid-19 cases and 2,256 related deaths among incarcerated people to date.
told CNN last month. “They’ve really been the epicenter in many ways.”
December, over 480 health experts signed an
open letter urging the CDC advisory group to prioritize incarcerated populations for vaccinations.
Virginia also offers incentives to prisoners
Massachusetts is not the only state to offer incentives to prisoners eligible for vaccination.
announced on January 21 that inmates who receive the vaccine will get “free email stamps and telephone credits” along with packages of commissary items, like snacks.
Incentives besides EGT in Massachusetts have not been announced.